Todt plays down Hamilton behaviour in 2010


It is Lewis Hamilton's existing "image" that has depicted him as an overly aggressive driver, according to FIA president Jean Todt.

Addressing Spanish media on Tuesday, the Frenchman was asked about the McLaren driver's behaviour in the Shanghai pitlane two weeks ago, following several other incidents so far in 2010.
Hamilton is still very unpopular within Spain, and Todt noted that the 25-year-old "has an image that is perhaps more unfavourable than others due to his coexistence with Alonso" at McLaren in 2007.

The Frenchman then refused to answer when asked if Hamilton is treated preferentially by the FIA.

"In the (China) pitlane, it was not just Hamilton but Vettel was also there," said Todt. "I don't know if you can say he is any different in terms of behaviour than the others, and it is the stewards who must decide."

Webber hits reverse after 'nanny state' controversy

Mark Webber has shifted into reverse gear after slamming F1 host state Victoria as a "bloody nanny state".

The Australian, irritated at local overregulation such as the prevalence of speeding and parking fines, made the comment in the wake of Lewis Hamilton's famous run-in with Melbourne police in March.

Then, when the formula one circus had moved on to Malaysia, Webber's father Alan and manager/partner Ann Neal posed with a group of fans wearing T-shirts bearing the words 'Victoria The Nanny State!'

One newspaper reader wrote at the time: "So this is the message from Mark Webber to the families who have lost loved ones on the roads this Easter. What a bloody disgrace."

Another added: "Don't come back Webbers. You are not welcome in my state."

The local Herald Sun newspaper said 33-year-old Webber's management has now written a letter to the government offering to have the Red Bull driver front a road safety campaign.

"It's something Mark is passionate about," Neal said. "It's not a knee-jerk reaction to the press he's had, it's something he has always done."

A government spokesman said Webber's offer was being considered.
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